Emotional Behavior

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Title: Emotional Behavior
Author(s): Deanna Gray
Date(s): 2013
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Emotional Behavior is a Kirk/Spock story by Deanna Gray.

It was published in the print zine KiScon 2013.

Reactions and Reviews

For those of you familiar with this author’s work, you are probably aware of the fact that she is not exactly known for writing short stories. In fact, I think she once told me the shortest story she ever wrote was 15 pages long. So you can imagine my surprise when while traveling to KiSCon together, I asked her if she had managed to get a story into the zine (she had told me previously she was working on one). She said yes, she had and that it was only two pages long. At that point I looked at her and said, “You’re joking, right? You?! A two page story?” She assured me that was the case and I then asked her, “How in the world did you manage to do that?” She said she wasn’t exactly sure, but somehow she, of all people, wrote a two page story. I have to admit I had a hard time believing it until I opened the zine and turned to the story and, yes, there it was, all two pages of it. And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This is an author who once told me she needed to write at least five pages just to get a story going and yet you’d never know that if you read this story. This is an established relationship story, told entirely from Spock’s point of view. Of course being a two page story, there isn’t any room for a plot, still, it is complete in its own way. The author does a magnificent job in capturing Spock’s thoughts as he ponders what the previous night’s lovemaking has cost him, a cost that the reader is led to believe is related to his Vulcan heritage and his loss of emotional control, however, it turns out that is not quite the case. The ending is unexpected and surprisingly refreshing, and is certainly something I never thought this author would come up with. Still, she is known for coming up with plot devices that no one else has ever thought of before, so maybe the ending really isn’t that much of a surprise after all. Regardless, this two page story has everything her longer stories do, with the exception of a plot, of course, but everything else is there and in my opinion, it outshines all the other stories in the zine. It may not take you long to read it, but read it you should. [1]


  1. from The K/S Press #202